Program for Jewish Genetic Health

Genetic Testing

What are Jewish Genetic Diseases?

Diseases That Could Affect Your Offspring

Individuals of Jewish descent (Ashkenazi, Sephardi or Mizrahi) are likely to be carriers for at least one Jewish genetic disease that could affect their offspring.  Carriers of these types of diseases exhibit no symptoms of the disease and usually do not have a family history of the disease. A carrier will only know of his or her status after genetic testing, or if he or she has a child who is affected with the disease. The latter can happen when two carriers of the same disease have offspring together. 

To learn more about screening for the Jewish genetic diseases that can affect your offspring, visit 


Hereditary Breast & Ovarian Cancer

Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the United States. Hereditary breast cancer accounts for approximately 5-10% of these breast cancers. Most cases of breast cancer are sporadic.

Ovarian cancer affects about 1 in 100 women. Hereditary ovarian cancer accounts for 10-15% of these cases. Most cases of ovarian cancer are sporadic.

A large proportion of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer can be linked to mutations in the BRCA genes.

Individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a significant risk to have a mutation in the BRCA gene and are therefore at a higher risk to develop breast and/or ovarian cancer, among other cancer types.

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Thanks in part to the generosity of the Foundation for Medical Evaluation & Early Detection, we are proud to offer subsidized testing for the three Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA founder mutations. Visit our BRCAcommunity Study page to learn more.

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